Recording Dates: 1972 - 1979
Re-release date: September 15th, 2009
Availabilty: CD, MP3 download
Chick Corea and Gary Burton's piano and vibes duet playing has been one of the most productive and longlasting partnerships in jazz. Early on, in 1973, it produced the emblematic 'Crystal Silence', one of ECM's signature albums. They have performed together in just about each year since, releasing, thirty-five years later, 'The New Crystal Silence' for Concord.
The paired down setting - the absence of bass, drums or any other instrument - focuses the music on the interplay between these two masters, making good on Pat Metheny's observation that this is 'one of the best bands in the world.'
Brought together in this four CD set are three albums - 'Crystal Silence' (1973), 'Duet'(1979) the live album 'Zürich, October 28, 1979' (1980). The live album, available, if at all, only in truncated form for a number of years, has been restored to its original length, making the collection a definitive reprise of the great duo's recorded work with ECM.
The main composer is Chick Corea, whose Bartok-tinged and often latin-enlivened pieces sparkle. All other tracks, with the exception of "Feelings and Things" (Michael Gibbs), are composed by bassist Steve Swallow, a long time member of the Gary Burton group.
Absorbing jazz of the highest quality, alternately encompassing deep tranquility and uninhibited exuberance.
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